Friday, July 06, 2012

Civilian tries to find solutions to the Corcoran's problems

As you surely know, today the Corcoran is in serious trouble, and your help and support is needed at this extremely critical time.

A quorum (not all) of the Board voted on June 5th to price the historic Flagg building that houses both the Corcoran Gallery of Art and the Corcoran College of Art + Design. The process to sell the building is moving forward at an extremely rapid pace and the community still has not been invited into the conversation.

Corcoran Gallery of Art
Like you, we believe that the Corcoran/Flagg building is an historic cultural icon, deeply tied to the history of Washington, D.C and the nation. Its proximity to the White House, Old Executive Building and National Mall is ideal placement for an art school and a museum, as the location is at the center of national activity and public discourse.

It would be detrimental for the Corcoran to be sold because it not only represents a very important part of this city and our country's history, but it also holds a significant place in current art dialogue. The Corcoran Flagg building (17th Street & New York Avenue, N.W.) is a National Historic Landmark, one of only 2,500 sites and buildings in the U.S. designated by the Secretary of the Interior, and it should be protected and preserved. We believe the solutions to keep the Corcoran where it is can be found within the community that admires, loves, utilizes, and needs it.

Please go here to sign the petition.

See the below articles:
Maintaining the Artistic Vision of the Corcoran
- June 14, 2012 (The Washington Postl)

Comments on the above

Corcoran Gallery Considers Selling Building, Moving Elsewhere
- June 4, 2012 (Washington City Paper)

Link to all Post articles

Developers cool on Corcoran Gallery of Art reuse
- June 5, 2012 (Washington Business Journal)

Ideas, solutions suggestions should be sent to:

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